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The mission of The Lake Murray Boat Tour Company is to create amazing experiences on, in, and around Lake Murray, SC.


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Captain Tyler Ryan

Master Captain Tyler Ryan is a maritime professional, with a passion for all things water.

Captain Tyler grew up boating on the amazing waterways in New England, including Round Pond (VT), Echo Lake (VT), Lake Champlain (VT), Lake George (NY), Spofford Lake (NH), Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), Lake Sunapee (NH), and many others.


Captain Tyler earned his Open Water Diver Certification in early 2002, and moved to Charleston later the same year, and quickly fell in love with Southern waters, including Charleston Harbor, The Cooper River, and the ICW, spending as much time on or under the water in the Low Country.

In 2005, he found Lexington, and Lake Murray, where he continued to spend days on, in, or under Miss Murray, finding any reason to boat or dive.

Over the years, Tyler continued to advance his skill and training in diving and boating, and in 2014, Captain Tyler became a member of the Newberry County Water Rescue Team, becoming a Dive Team Supervisor, and currently serving as a Top Side Commander, overseeing recovery operations.

In 2015, he founded a watersports paddle company, renting and teaching standup paddle boarding and kayaking, as well as renting and teaching Personal Water Craft (PWC) safety and operation.

Taking his passion for being on the water, he earned his USCG Boat Captain's License through the comprehensive program at Sea School and the United States Coast Guard.  Later that year, Lake Murray Boat Tours became a reality.


Captain Tyler also found himself as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of South Carolina's sailing / boating courses. 

In 2020, Captain Tyler partnered with Captain Rick "Hook" Crout to create the Carolina Boating Academy, providing education, experience, and hands-on boat training.

By 2022, Captain Tyler had joined Safer Boater, a 501(c)(3) organization providing comprehensive classroom and on-water training.  He also became a Nationally Certified US Powerboating Safe Power Boat Instructor.


Captain Tyler's Training and Experience includes:

  • United States Coast Guard Boat Charter Master Captain

  • US Powerboating Nationally Certified Safe Power Boating Instructor

  • Master SCUBA Diver

  • Topside Commander Newberry County Water Rescue Team

  • Underwater Crime Scene Investigator

  • South Carolina Class 1 Police Officer

  • CPR / First Aid

  • Weather Forecaster: ABC Columbia TV & WFXB Fox TV


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The Queen of our fleet is  The Manifest Destiny.  You might remember from Social Studies class that Manifest Destiny was the colonial view as America looked to the west that it was all ours for the taking.  When you sit in the middle of Lake Murray, and look in any direction across the water, it is hard not to feel the same...all that you see is yours...if nothing else, at least temporarily.

The Manifest Destiny is a beautiful 30 foot Tahoe Grand Elite Tritoon.  She is outfitted with a powerful, and quiet, inboard engine, which provides a wonderful on board experience for guests.

          The Manifest Destiny highlights:

  • 30' means lots of room

  • Wet Bar

  • Storage Space

  • Giant Swim Platform

  • Comfy Lounge Area

  • Ice Maker / Blender

  • Finely Tuned Stereo (w/ Bluetooth)

  • Floats / Water Toys


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The AquaHolic II is a sweet center console 24' console boat, equipped with as much fancy electronics as you can handle, along with a motor that gets you across the lake without delay - She is the Lake Murray Taxi gem, and is ready to bring you or friends, or your whatever anywhere on Lake Murray--with a quickness.

            The AquaHolic II highlights:

  • 24' meaning lots of space

  • VHF  Radio

  • Sonar / Radar / GPS

  • Finely Tuned Stereo (w/ Bluetooth)

  • Floats / Water Toys

  • Water Taxi Ready